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SSHS wrestlers third at Sparks Invitational; Raiders, Railroaders finish in Top 10
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Sparks High's Mario Guadron (foreground) beat McQueen's Bryan Ruiz by a technical fall in the semfinals of their 145-pound match at the annual Sparks Invitational Saturday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Sparks High's Mario Guadron (foreground) beat McQueen's Bryan Ruiz by a technical fall in the semfinals of their 145-pound match at the annual Sparks Invitational Saturday.
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All three Rail City high schools entered wrestling teams in the Sparks Invitational and all three snared Top 10 finishes. Unfortunately for Sparks-area wrestling fans, none of the local schools captured the top prize.

McQueen saw five wrestlers win their weight classes and the Lancers easily outclassed the field of 21 teams, posting 265 points to win the team title. North Valleys was second with 196 points, while Spanish Springs was third with 181 points.

Reed, of east Sparks, finished seventh with 103 points and host Sparks was ninth with 80 points.

"Taking over the Sparks program a few years ago, I knew we'd have to carry on hosting the Sparks Invitational," third-year Railroaders wrestling coach Ric Fehr said. "We muddled through it that first year. It was better last year and we've gotten better this year, smoother. I'm pleased we got through it. The teams that came got in good competition. Most everything went well."

Spanish Springs did not have a wrestler win a weight class but the Cougars did see 12 wrestlers place in Sparks High's annual early-January event.

The top finisher for the Cougars was 106-pounder Wade Wrenn, who finished second. Blake Boswell (113) and Kevin Avalos (160) each racked up third-place finishes for the Cougars. Chayce Morby (182) and Frankie Patetta (145) both finished fourth in their weight classes.

Four Spanish Springs wrestlers finished fifth in their weight classes -- Jake Griffen (120), Mike Rabina (152), Kevin Nelson (170) and Connor Hendricks (220). The SSHS grapplers also got a trio of sixth-place finishers -- Jon Rabina (106), Brandon Leyva (126) and Jaxom Fye (132).

For Reed, four Raiders placed on the mats at Sparks High. The top Reed wrestler Saturday was 285-pounder Damon Gebhardt, who won his weight class. Gebhardt won all three of his matches to win the class. He pinned McQueen's Ryan Hartman just over a minute into the first round of their championship match.

Reed also got a second-place finish from Calvin Cox (195), a third-place effort by Cameron Jones (120) and a fifth-place finish from Roberto Landa (160).

Like Reed, the host Railroaders also got four wrestlers to place. The SHS team effort was highlighted by 145-pound standout Mario Guadron. He won all four of his Sparks Invitational matches to win the weight class, including a pin of Lowry's Shaun Mentaberry in the weight class final.

"I'm really excited for Mario," Fehr said. "He's like a machine. He's powered up and he doesn't stop. With a minimal amount of experience, he still outwrestles almost everybody. The last week or so we've been working with him on defending the takedown. That has helped him bring his game up a little bit."

Sparks got a pair of fourth-place finishes, from 220-pounder Cody Brieg and 285-pounder David Valentine. The only other Railroader to place Saturday was 138-pound wrestler Tymon Dozier, who finished fifth.

"I'd always like to get more guys to place," Fehr said. "We entered nine guys in this tournament. We've only got 12 guys on our roster and eight of them are freshmen or sophomores. As a whole, our team is doing well. We're setting a culture and looking forward to the future."

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